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Edgerton's Crown 3 | by Chris*4
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Edgerton's Crown 3

|| Nikon D200 || Nikkor 105VR macro lens || Nikon Speedlite SB900 || ISO 100 || f16 || 1/60th ||


Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) developed photographic techniques that allowed very rapid events to be observed and captured on film, as well as techniques for underwater exploration based on sonar devices and flash photography.


His most famous image is known as: "Edgerton's crown". Here is a milk droplet caught in action forming a coronet. I have wanted to have a go at trying to obtain a similar image since 1979 when I first purchased an Olympus OM1. Now finally I decided to have a go. With encouragement from an article in the Christmas edition of Amateur Photographer 2011 written by Andrew Sydenham, my niece and my wife.



Bowl with water, plastic sheet, plastic cup with a hole in the bottom.

Nikon D200 DSLR, Nikkor 105mm VR macro lens, Nikon SB900 Speedlite, Nikon Off camera cord, Manfrotto tripod with Gitzo head.


The camera was mounted on the tripod with the lens focused manually on a spot in the middle of the bowl. The SB900 was held at the side and set manually at 1/16th power. My brother held a plastic bag with a hole in the bottom over the bowl and released the drops of water.


Cheers Chris

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Taken on December 29, 2011